Upcoming Programs and Events

For more information about programs and events, contact Lawrence Willim at 248.553.2400 x124.


April 2014

April 27 / 1:00 pm
Yom HaShoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance

You are cordially invited to attend our annual community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration, to be held on Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus.

  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Admission fees waived for the day
  • For more information contact: Selma Silverman at 248.553.2400 x112 or selma.silverman@holocaustcenter.org

Presented in cooperation with: The Shaarit Haplaytah Organization, C.H.A.I.M. (Children of Holocaust-Survivors Association in Michigan), Hidden Children and Child Survivors Association of Michigan


April 30 / 7:00 pm
Annual Holocaust and Armenian Genocide Commemoration
Surviving Genocide: Armenians and Jews in 20th Century France with presentation by Dr. Maud Mandel

Professor Mandel will address the impact of genocide on the religious, ethnic, and national affiliations of Armenian and Jewish survivors in France, the only Western European nation to provide homes to substantial survivor communities after the first and second World Wars. The persecutions of World War I and II seemed to prove that even modern, democratic nation-states could never really tolerate ethnic minorities in their midst. Professor Mandel will explore how survivor communities confronted the ideological onslaught once the conflicts had ended.

Maud Mandel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at Brown University. Her research focuses primarily on the impact of policies and practices of inclusion and exclusion on ethnic and religious minorities in twentiethcentury France, most notably Jews, Armenians, and Muslim North Africans.

  • Admission: Free. No reservations required.
  • Reception will follow the presentation.
  • Docent credit available.

Presented by: Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies Wayne State University, The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Armenian Research Center University of Michigan - Dearborn


May 2014

May 4 / 2 pm and 7 pm
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945 Exhibit Finale
With presentations by The Honorable Barney Frank

During his sixteen terms as a U.S. Congressman from 1981 to 2012, Barney Frank became known for his sharp intellect, sense of humor, and for tackling tough issues. He has been a leader in the fight against discrimination, championed civil rights and financial reform, and was an architect of the financial regulations aimed at preventing a recurrence of the financial crisis.

In 1987, Frank became the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as openly gay, and in 2012 he married his longtime partner, becoming the nation’s first Congressman in a same-sex marriage while in office.

  • Admission: Tickets cost $18 (non-members) and $10 (HMC members).  Contact Lawrence Willim to purchase: 248.553.2400 x124.
  • Guests are invited to enjoy complementary light refreshments and view the exhibit following the presentations.

Sponsored by: Affirmations, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Anti-Defamation League, Between the Lines, Brian Kutinsky and Michael Neumann, Henry M. Grix and Howard W. Israel Fund, The Jewish Community Center, Jewish Gay Network, Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University, Mindell, Malin, Kutinsky, Stone, Blatnikoff, Oliver & Mindell, PFlag, PNC, Ruth Ellis Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn Office for Student Engagement LGBTQ and Inclusion Initiative, Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Update: The 2:00 p.m. presentation is currently sold-out. Tickets are still available for the 7:00 p.m. presentation.